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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The Corvette offers a massive amount of luggage space and a user-friendly cockpit, along with enough ride compliance for daily-driving duty.
The Corvette is silly fast in any form, it sticks to the road and it's more pleasant as a daily driver than anything this capable has a right to be.
This is truly a car that can easily withstand serious track time as is, which is impressive considering that the base Corvette’s forgiving ride isn’t sacrificed.
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However, the Corvette does have one flaw especially evident in the higher-performance editions: The seats are trash. Their lack of lateral support is the most egregious shortcoming. Complicating the matter is a back angle adjustment handled by a flimsy plastic release lever and a too-soft spring that allows the backrest to move forward when the occupant's weight is removed.
There's no pretense that this car can hold more than two people. The dual cockpit provides loads of space for both driver and passenger. There's 22 cubic feet of cargo space, more than enough to carry a few bags for a long trip or two sets of golf clubs.
Even though it's a two-seat-only coupe or convertible, the 2012 Corvette is very comfortable once you're in it. The low ride height and low roof on hardtop models may make entry and exit tough for some, however.
The seats, in particular, are highlights of the cabin, with comfortable support and bolstering that trades well between high-performance adhesion and long-journey ease. Despite the compact configuration, the Corvette also holds more cargo than you might expect, with a large flat area under the rear hatch in coupe models and cubbies behind the seats in the convertible.
Sound from tires and wind are well within expected limits for this class of performance car, but will be noticeable to those more familiar with luxury sedans. The roar of the big V-8 under the hood is likewise sedate and subtle at cruising speeds, but readily comes to life under heavy throttle.
The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette's weak point is its interior, which may show how Chevy packs so much car into so few dollars; the leather interior upgrade package goes a long way toward mitigating the problem, however.